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16th September 2003
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced on Wednesday that Iran had successfully test-fired a new medium-range missile, drawing a warning from Israel that Europe too should now worry about the Islamic republic's ballistic programme. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said the test appeared to have been successful.
After Ahmadinejad made the announcement in the northern city of Semnan, close to the launch site, Italy announced the last-minute cancellation of a visit by Foreign Minister Franco Frattini when it emerged the Iranian president expected to receive him there.
"The defence minister (Mohammad Mostafa Najjar) told me today that we launched a Sejil-2 missile, which is a two-stage missile and it has reached the intended target," Ahmadinejad said in a speech.
"The missile was launched from here in Semnan," he added to cheers.
"I was told that the missile is able to go beyond the atmosphere then come back and hit its target. It works on solid fuel," he said, without specifying the missile's range.
When asked in Washington about the launch, Gates told a congressional hearing: "The information that I have read indicates that it was a successful flight test.
"The missile will have a range of approximately 2,000 to 2,500 kilometres (1,200 to 1,500 miles).
"Because of some of the problems they've had with their engines, we think at least at that this stage of the testing, it's probably closer to the lower end of that range."
Gates added it was unclear if the missile had hit its intended target.
Italy's Frattini had been due in Iran later on Wednesday, but his office announced that he would no longer go after the venue for his Ahmadinejad talks was switched to near the missile test site.
Israel said the new test should be of concern to European countries since it meant Iran now had a missile that put them in range too.
"In terms of strategic importance, this new missile test doesn't change anything for us since the Iranians already tested a missile with a range of 1,500 kilometres (nearly 950 miles)," Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said.
"But it should worry the Europeans," he said. "The Iranians are also trying to develop a ballistic missile with a range of 10,000 kilometres (6,250 miles) that could reach the coast of the United States."
Iran's defence minister announced on November 12 that Iran had test-fired a new generation of ground-to-ground missile.
"This is a two-stage missile carrying two engines with combined solid fuel," Najjar said at the time, adding that the missile was named Sejil.
He said the new missile had "a range of close to 2,000 kilometres," sufficient to put Israel in range.
Iran has boasted in the past of developing new weapons systems only to be met with scepticism among Western defence analysts.
But hawkish new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Iran's missile technology and controversial nuclear programme pose a threat to the Jewish state greater than any it has faced since its creation in 1948.
Michele Flournoy, US undersecretary of defence for policy, told reporters in Washington Tehran's ballistic missile effort "is of great concern to us, particularly because of their interest in things nuclear."
Iran insists that its nuclear programme is aimed solely at producing electricity for a growing population.
But Israel -- which has the region's sole if undeclared nuclear arsenal -- suspects it is cover to acquire nuclear weaponry.
The UN Security Council has imposed three packages of sanctions against Iran after it failed to heed ultimatums to suspend uranium enrichment, the process which makes fuel for nuclear power stations but in highly extended form can also produce the fissile core of an atomic bomb.
Ahmadinejad again insisted on Wednesday that Iran would not give in to international pressure over its nuclear ambitions.
"They (Western governments) said if you don't stop, we will adopt (sanctions) resolutions... They thought we would retreat but that will not happen," he said.
"I told them you can adopt 100 sets of sanctions, but nothing will change."
[SIZE="1"]US voices concern over Iran missile test
The United States confirmed Wednesday Iran appeared to have successfully test-fired a medium-range missile, saying the launch underlined US concerns about Tehran's pursuit of missile and nuclear technology. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said initial reports suggested the test launch announced by Iran was a success and that the missile had a range of at least 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles). "The information that I have read indicates that it was a successful flight test," Gates told a congressional hearing when asked about the launch. Gates added it was unclear if the missile had hit its intended target as claimed by Iran. The White House said President Barack Obama had "continued concern" about both Iran's ballistic missile efforts and its nuclear ambitions. Obama was concerned "about Iran's missile development programs, its pursuit of nuclear weapons capability and technology," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
The US president held "the strong belief that the pursuit of those programs do not strengthen the security of Iran but instead make them less safe," he said. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced earlier that Iran had carried out a successful test of a new two-stage, medium-range missile, drawing a warning from Israel that Europe too should now worry about the Islamic republic's ballistic program. Ahmadinejad made the announcement in the northern city of Semnan, which lies close to the launch site. "It is too early to determine if this represents any new capability," a US defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. The Iranian president said a Sejil-2 missile had reached its intended target, without specifying the range of the missile. In Washington, Gates said officials believed the missile had a range of 2,000 to 2,500 kilometers but that due to engine problems it was probably closer to the "lower end of that range." The White House stood by the administration's attempts to open diplomatic dialogue with Iran despite the missile test and said the approach was supported by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his talks with Obama this week.
"The president and the prime minister both agreed on Monday that engaging the people and the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran, something that hasn't been tried for the past many years, is something that makes sense," Gibbs said. Netanyahu has said Iran's missile technology and nuclear program pose a threat to the Jewish state greater than any it has faced since its creation in 1948. Iran insists that its nuclear project, including uranium enrichment work, is designed only to generate electricity for a growing population. Michele Flournoy, US undersecretary of defence for policy, told reporters in Washington that Tehran's ballistic missile effort "is of great concern to us, particularly because of their interest in things nuclear." She said Iran faced a stark choice -- to abandon its disputed nuclear program or else come under further international isolation. Flournoy said if Iran rejected its support of militant groups and rejected nuclear weapons, "they could actually be on a path that would do a lot more for their ultimate security in terms of being integrated into the region, having normal relations with others, being recognized as a culture with a great history, a regional power that deserves prestige and respect, et cetera."[/SIZE]
So Iran is one step closer to wiping Israel off the map. My question is, as sanctions obviously are not working, will the US and/or international community take military action to bring about the end of Tehran's nuclear and ballistic ambitions?
Will Israel pre-empt Iranian aggression with an attack of it's own? What would be the response to an Israeli attack on Iran in the rest of the Arab world?
5.56 smoke Haji every day
17th July 2008
I'd bet that Israel will strike Iran itself if they feel no one else is doing anything. You can argue that Israel only does as much as the US lets them do but I don't think Israel is going to wait for themselves to be attacked if they truly believe Iran intends to do so.
I take what n0e says way too seriously
24th April 2007
I am gona take a wild, impossible guess and say they are moving closer to building nuclear missiles.....
The Great Charm
14th April 2007
Dude... Iran is a thriving little bitch
something to believe.
19th February 2005
Talk about a country (or at least, leader) with a death-wish.
That's just reckless, frankly.
The Great Charm
14th April 2007
I don't think that Israel may invade Iran, seeing most of the Muslim World (espeically Syria) will most likey throw thier support behind Iran.
Ultima ratio regum
7th November 2005
Dr. Awesome;4895925I don't think that Israel may invade Iran, seeing most of the Muslim World (espeically Syria) will most likey throw thier support behind Iran.
as if they could do anything to Israel. No, Israel WOULDNT invade. they wouldnt have to. Just look at the Osirak incident if your interested in how the Israelis deal with these kinds of issues.
7th December 2003
Not to mention that there are a bunch of countries between Israel and Iran that make an invasion not very probable.
Who's your buddy
5th September 2004
Dr. Awesome;4895883Dude... Iran is a thriving little bitch
A thriving little bitch that's gona get slapped back into place if they're not careful.
I take what n0e says way too seriously
24th April 2007
They should be.